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QB Christian Ponder - Minnesota Vikings

6-2, 229Born: 2-25-1988College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Cassel stunk up the joint in Week 2, with four interceptions thrown and six sacks for -39 yards taken in the course of a 7-30 pounding by the Patriots. Cassel finished the day with 19/36 for 202 yards passing and one TD throw (to Matt Asiata, the new starting running back), leaning heavily on Asiata (seven targets for 5/48/1 receiving), Kyle Rudolph (eight for 5/53/0) and Cordarrelle Patterson (seven for 4/56/0). We'll see if the powder-puff Saints' D can improve Cassel's stats this week. The Saints' defense has allowed 63 points so far this year, helping to contribute to their poor start. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed more points (75) this season. The Saints handed over 24/41 for 202 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (one sack for -2 yards) after being blasted by Matt Ryan and company in Week 1 (31/43 for 448 yards passing to Ryan, also surrendering three TD passes vs. zero interceptions and only one sack (for -3 yards) generated during the game.) This unit is far from right as of Week 3. Two struggling units face off in this game - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Latest News

Vikings | Week 2 Inactives (Sun Sep 14, 11:39 AM) - The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, LB Brandon Watts, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, LB Michael Mauti, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton inactive for Week 2.

Our View: Matt Asiata will get the start with Peterson out, with rookie Jerick McKinnon mixed in. Asiata is worth flex consideration against a Patriots defense that was very poor against the run last week at Miami.

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Schedule

3@ New Orleans Saints
4vs Atlanta Falcons
5@ Green Bay Packers
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Buffalo Bills
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Washington Redskins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Green Bay Packers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14vs New York Jets
15@ Detroit Lions
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Chicago Bears